Specialty of Paediatric cardiothoracic surgery

Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, the sac that surrounds the heart. It may be caused by an infection, or appear without apparent cause or after a general infection like pneumonia, tuberculosis. All symptoms are cardio-circulatory, from dyspnoea heart failure to oppression or symptoms of decompensation. It clinically manifests with choking and intense stabbing chest pain. In many cases, it is a benign condition and the symptoms presented by the patient can be treated, but in exceptional cases, surgical treatment may be necessary. Pericarditis can have very similar symptoms as a cardiomyopathy but it is important to differentiate them since the treatment is completely different.

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